Guilford County Schools Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green was presented the Distinguished Educator Award by the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NCASCD) at its annual conference on Thursday.
This award is presented to a person who has made significant contributions to education through visionary and committed leadership. Green’s nomination noted his efforts to successfully integrate character education and service-learning into the district’s curriculum.
“I am honored and humbled by this award,” said Green. “This honor truly recognizes the hard work and dedication of our school district. From our teachers to administrators to our students and parents – this award is meaningful for all of Guilford County Schools.”
Character, Service and Safety is one of the five areas of the Strategic Plan 2016: Achieving Educational Excellence: Personalizing Learning. Character development and service-learning were big pieces of the Strategic Plan 2012, which focused on graduating students who demonstrated high academic achievement, strength of character and service to others.
The 2016 plan builds on that foundation, which has earned GCS national recognition. The district was named a North Carolina and National District of Character in 2013. At the district’s State of Our Schools on Jan. 23, it was announced that since the start of the service-learning initiative in 2010, high-schoolers in GCS have contributed more than 638,118 hours of service, an economic impact of approximately $14 million.
In addition to the NCASCD award, Green was also recently recognized by two community organizations. He was honored with the Education Award presented by the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and he received the 2013 Public Service Award from the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association.